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we want transparency. even the democrats, i really believe, on this issue, it supersedes. they want transparency too. >> the president suddenly a fan of transparency. lawmakers from both parties will see classified russia intel after initially only republicans were invited and that caused an
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uproar. the trump administration set to look at tariffs on auto imports. they are again leaning on national security to make the case. and nfl players now have a choice. stay in the locker room, stand up or pay up. the new rule that has players angry. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm dave briggs. 4:00 a.m. in the east. they should be angry. this was a punt by the owners. one player tweeted me their allegiance is to one thing. the dollar. >> i expect to hear that from a dozen nfl owners. a win from president trump. we start with the back-to-back briefings on tap for the nation's top intelligence officials and the shift democrats are participating. intel officials sit down with devin nunes and trey gowdy to
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discuss the confidential source in the russia investigation. after hours of schedule changes and updates, a second briefing was added for bipartisan group of lawmakers known as the gang of eight. some democrats and republicans criticized the president for criticizing intelligence. >> the initial is a gang of seven. paul ryan has a scheduling update. he says the chairman will continue to lead in the space for house republicans. chief of staff john kelly expected to attend both briefings. the president told kelly and other aides he wants the process to appear non-partisan so alleg alleged conspiracy won't be one sided. >> it is the drum trump beat esn wednesday. first for the people and now for
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the cameras. >> we will find out when they look at the documents. people will see a lot of bad things happen. i hope it's not so. if it is, there has never been anything like it in the history of our country. i hope it's not true. >> if you wonder where the president gets the ideas of conspiracy theories into his own reality, check out the branding. >> spying they did on the trump campaign. >> i'm shocked to hear they put a spy in the campaign. >> spy in the campaign? back to the fbi. >> fbi spies or two spies. >> it could be a second spy. >> spy revelation. >> a spy inside. >> to spy on the republican candidate for president. >> if there is a spy, they got nothing from it. >> if they ran a spy ring, that is an absolute red line. >> an echo chamber. remarkable. that is what the surrogate
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message is here. >> the chicken or the egg. did trump start it or fox news? >> a good question. james clapper fighting back after the president misquoted him about fbi spying. here is what the president claims the former director of national intelligence said followed by clapper's actual words on wednesday. >> if you look at clapper, he admitted they had spies in the campaign yesterday inadvertently. >> was the fbi spying on trump's campaign? >> no, they were not. they were spying on a term i don't particularly like, on what the russians were doing. trying to gain access and leverage and influence. that's what they do. >> clapper accusing the president of distorting his comments. t at the event last night, he told
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dana bash this. >> to penetrate the political campaign. not to spy on the campaign per se, but what the russians were doing to infiltrate and gain access and leverage. the institutions and values and standards i spent 50 plus years of defending are under assault. i'm so bothered by this, i felt a duty to speak up. >> the president's claims about the existence of the deep state directly contradicted by his secretary of state. here is mike pompeo testifying before the house foreign affairs committee. >> do you believe there is a criminal deep state at the state department? >> i have not seen the comments from the president. i don't believe there is a deep state at the state department. >> thank you. you formerly served as cia director. do you believe the cia is part
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of the deep state? >> this term deep state has been thrown around. i would say employees that worked for me at the cia nearly uniformly were aimed at achieving the president's objectives and america's objectives. >> he believes no organization is exempt from malfeasance. jared kushner's lawyer said he was questioned for a second time by robert mueller in the russia collusion and contacts with foreign nationals. kushner was interviewed by mueller's team last november. the attorney says kushner team believes he is now finished with all ongoing inquiries. >> in the meantime, jared kushner cleared the security clearance. he lost the interim clearance in february. he failed to list dozens of foreign contacts that he included in the updated
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submission. and president trump with the next trade clash. cars. wilbur ross will see if car importis will hurt the national security. a similar probe led to the steel and aluminum tariffs earlier. you have waited long enough calling the auto industry critical to the u.s. the investigation will cover auto parts and suvs and vans and light trucks. it would hit asian automakers the hardest. companies like toyota, honda, hyundai. this announcement caused a selloff overnight. mazda does not produce cars in the united states. many foreign automakers have big production facilities here. they export parts and cars to the u.s. from asia, mexico and canada. auto tariffs would be the next
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front for the white house trade battle. including the talks with china. it opposes abuse of national security rules. this puts pressure on canada and mexico. nafta talks have stalled due to auto provisions. >> do you buy the national security issue? he tweeted american auto workers which is central. >> if you like the chinese combined national security. that is where it makes sense. president trump can tweet whatever he wants and clearly he does often. a federal judge says he cannot block users from the twitter feed. the judge in new york says that is a violation of the first amendment. it is a victory for the amendment users last year. a justice department spokeswoman responded saying we disagree with the court decision and considering our next steps. fresh off his stirring
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sermon at the royal wedding. michael curry will take part in the candlelight vigil in front of the white house today. he will be joined by leaders from christian churches concerned over a dangerous moral crisis of leadership. organizers challenging the america first policy. >> nationalism, racism, in any form, from the left or right, no matter who it comes from, we must fashion social policies and in the way we engage in debate. this love thy neighbor stuff is not sentimental stuff. this is tough love. >> no comment from the white house about the planned protest. ahead, the top north korean official calls the vice president of the united states a political dummy. we are live from seoul.
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4:13 eastern time. north korea's harsh rhetoric is back with a flourish. pyongyang latshing out at vice president mike pence calling him a political dummy and warning of a showdown if the summit fails. we have cnn's ivan watson in seoul. ivan, it appears the summit is still on. >> reporter: yeah, really mixed messages. you have both u.s. and north korea suggesting the summit might not happen, then you have a public war of words between top u.s. and north korean officials after vice president pence on monday told fox news if north korea doesn't make a deal, it could end up like libya, which is a thinly veiled threat. now we have a top north korean diplomat responding with a statement calling him a
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political dummy which denounces his unbridled remarks. and this statement that pence spat out nonsense that the dprk is not following in libya's foot step. we paid a heavy price to build up the strength to defend ourselves in the korean peninsula and south china sea. as we're hearing this war of words between pyongyang and washington, we are also seeing signs that the white house at least is preparing for the possibility of a summit in singapore next month. it is sending top officials to singapore this weekend. among the people going is joe hagin, deputy chief of staff for
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operations and the deputy national security adviser planning for the event. the possibility of the historic meeting with trump and kim jong-un. dave and christine. >> we will see what happens, i guess, as trump says. ivan, thank you. u.s. government employees in china on alert after one official experienced a range of abnormal symptoms. it appears the symptoms were similar to those which occurred in cuba recently. top diplomats involved. we have cnn's matt rivers with the latest. what happened to this american and what is the state department saying about it? >> reporter: we know so far and within the last hour or so, china said it conducted its own investigation into what happened. preliminarily saying they have no leads or causes. let's update the viewers on what caused this. yesterday afternoon in china that the u.s. embassy sent a
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note this employee suffering from symptoms for months of abnormal sensations of sound and pressure. he or she went back to the united states and diagnosed with the mild traumatic brain injury. that brought up similarities with what happened in cuba last year. that secretary of state himself telling congressional panel that the medical symptoms and diagnosis is similar to what happened in cuba. the foreign minister was in the united states yesterday with the secretary of state. the foreign minister said china would assist. both diplomats seeming to walk a fine line. united states praising china's efforts for investigating, but really a huge mystery. a country like china and then cuba and diplomats in the united states in both countries showing both symptoms and no cause or
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conclusion to what is happening here. this is a serious concern in the state department. >> matt rivers for us. keep us up to date. thank you. in beijing. >> bizarre tale. an nba player who parked legally, tased by police. now the milwaukee police chief apologizes after the officers escalated the situation. it's time for the semi-annual sale with savings on the new sleep number 360 smart bed. it senses your every move and automatically adjusts on both sides to keep you effortlessly comfortable. and snoring.... does your bed do that? right now during our semi-annual sale save up to $700 on sleep number 360 smart beds. ends soon.
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stefr sterling brown after body camera showed a parking situation escalated and brown being tased by police officers. police previously said the bucks rookie became confrontational. at the conference, the chief said the officers acted inappropriately and had been disciplined. here is the video. you decide. >> take your hands out of your pockets now. >> i got stuff in my hands. >> taser. taser. taser. >> three or four or five? i can't count. milwaukee mayor says the needless escalation is what d disturbs him the most. sterling brown will plan to sue the police department. my experience was wrong and
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should not happen to anybody. fierce backlash for the nfl and owners after the policy requires players to stand during the national anthem. several players started to kneel. colin kaepernick and eric reid remain unemployment. one owner abstained from the vote. here is the statement from the commissioner. all personnel on the field shall stand for respect of the flag and anthem. a club will be fined by the league if personnel on the field do not stand and show respect for the flag and anthem. "the new york daily news" saying it is than american. including people's names being killed by police. >> the move contradicts what the commissioner told them about the he principles and patriotism of
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t nfl. if anybody on the jets takes a knee, that fine will be borne by the organization. by me. not the players. and vice president mike pence tweeted winning. and to hockey. capitals heading to the stanley cup finals for the first time in 21 years after a 4-0 shutout in game seven against the lightning. they travel to las vegas to play the golden knights. caps making it to the second stanley cup final ever. the last time they were swept by the red wings in 1998. lindsay czarniak is a caps fan. she will join usresident escalae spying claims in the intel community. now the intel community will
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share the news. here is the news. lawmakers of both parties.
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we want transparency. even the democrats, i really believe, on this issue, it supersedes. they want transparency too. >> the president suddenly a fan of transparency. lawmakers from both parties will see classified russia intel after initially only republicans were invited and that caused an uproar. more signs of strive with u.s. and north korea. the north korean representative calling the u.s. vice president
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a political dummy. the issue for the nfl players who now have a choice. stand up or pay up. i'm dave briggs. >> i'm christine romans. do you think the decision by the team owners will put this to rest? >> i think it turned a small fire in that a larger fire. it antagonized the players. it did nothing to quiet the situation. the president will like it. he will spike the football. 31 minutes past the hour. top intel officials and democrats are now participating. democrats sit down with republicans to discuss the role of the confidential source of the russia investigation. after hours of schedule changes and updates, a second briefing was added for a bipartisan group of lawmakers known as the gang
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of eight. >> the second briefing will be a gang of seven. house speaker paul ryan has a scheduling conflict and will be briefed later. gowdy and nunes will lead the group. a source telling cnn the president personally told john kill and other aides he -- john kelly and other aides he wants the process to appear bipartisan. >> it is a drum beat the president sounded on wednesday. first in the tweets and then for the cameras. >> it looks like a serious event. when they look at the documents, they will see a lot of bad things happen. i hope it's not so. if it is, there has never been
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anything like it in the history of our country. i hope it's not true. >> if you wonder where the president gets the ideas of conspiracy theories into his own reality, this may clear it up. >> spying they did on the trump campaign. >> i'm shocked to hear they put a spy in the campaign. >> spy in the campaign? back to the fbi. >> fbi spies or two spies. >> it could be a second spy. >> spy revelation. >> a spy inside. >> to spy on the republican candidate for president. >> if there is a spy, they got nothing from it. >> if they ran a spy ring, that is an absolute red line. >> an echo chamber. remarkable. if -- a lot of if statements in there. >> one hint of impropriety. >> today the intel community will hear more. james clapper fighting back after the president misquoted him about fbi spying.
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here is what the president claims the former director of national intelligence said followed by clapper's actual words on wednesday. >> if you look at clapper, he sort of admitted they had spies in the campaign yesterday. inadvertently. >> was the fbi spying on trump's campaign? >> no, they were not. they were spying on a term i don't particularly like, on what the russians were doing. trying to understand were the russians infiltrating. trying to gain access and leverage and influence. that's what they do. >> clapper accusing the president of distorting his comments. at the event last night, he told dana bash he is concerned about the nation's direction. >> what the russians were doing to penetrate the political campaign. not to spy on the campaign per se but what the russians were
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doing to infiltrate and gain access and leverage. the institutions and values and standards i spent 50 plus years of defending are under assault. i'm so bothered by this, i felt a duty to speak up. >> the president's claims about the existence of the deep state directly contradicted by his secretary of state. here is mike pompeo testifying before the house foreign affairs committee. >> do you believe there is a criminal deep state at the state department? >> i have not seen the comments from the president. i don't believe there is a deep state at the state department. >> thank you. you formerly served as cia director. do you believe the cia is part of the deep state? >> this term deep state has been thrown around. i would say employees that worked for me at the cia nearly uniformly were aimed at achieving the president's objectives and america's objectives.
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>> pompeo told lawmakers he believes no organization is exempt from malfeasance. jared kushner's lawyer said he was questioned for a second time by robert mueller in the russia collusion and contacts with foreign nationals. also potential obstruction issues. kushner was interviewed by mueller's team last november. the attorney says kushner team believes he is now finished with all ongoing inquiries. >> in the meantime, jared kushner cleared the security clearance. he lost the interim clearance in february. his initial application failed to list a dozen foreign contacts that he included in the updated submission. obamacare rates are increasing next year by 15%. 10% of the rise is due to tax reform. the tax bill weakened the
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obamacare to end the mandate to buy insurance. it required americans have health insurance or pay a penalty. repealing it essentially removed the prodding people to sign up. with older and sicker americans there, prices will rise. that will leave millions more uninsured. some by volunteering to be uninsured. 13 million fewer by 2027. president trump can tweet whatever he wants and clearly he does often. a federal judge says he cannot block users from his twitter feed. the judge says that is a violation of the first amendment. the justice department spokeswoman says we respectfully disagree with the court decision and considering our next steps. >> tweeting is one issue senator flake has with president trump. the outgoing republican has harsh criticism at the
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commencement speech to harvard law students. >> our presidency has been debased by a figure who seemingly has a bottomless appetite for destruction and division and only a passing familiarity with how the constitution works and our article i branch of government, our congress, that's me, is utterly supline if the moral vandalism that flows from the white house daily. flake said the good news and the bad news cannot get much worse. >> that's something. a top north korean official calls the vice president a political dummy and says the u.s. risks a nuclear to nuclear showdown. will the sides still meet despite the rhetoric? we are live in seoul with the latest. melatonin is the body's own sleep ingredient.
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north korea's harsh rhetoric returning with a flourish. pyongyang lashing out at vice president mike pence calling him a political dummy and warning of a showdown if the summit fails. we have cnn's ivan watson in seoul. ivan, you have to take this with a grain of salt.
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we heard dotard and other statements. how much of this is theater? >> reporter: hard to tell. it is two sided. it is a public spat with senior u.s. and north korean officials three weeks out from what could be a summit between leaders of the two countries. you have vice president pence this week saying that if north korea doesn't accept a deal, they will probably end up like libya which was a thinly veiled threat. you have them calling the comments nonsense. now in order not to follow in libya's footsteps, we paid a heavy price to build up our powerful and reliable strength
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to defend ourselves and create a nuclear deterrent against the threats. amid the rhetoric, we are hearing that senior white house officials are scheduled to fly to singapore, the possible meeting place for president trump and kim jong-un you june 12th, to do preliminary work there. they include joe hagin, deputy chief of staff and deputy national security adviser. although nobody seems to know if the summit will happen, the white house does seem to be getting ready just in case. we also have heard from the scene your u.s. official saying -- senior u.s. official they want another round of talks with the white house and north korea. journalists and including our will ripley is heading to the nuclear testing site to see a ceremony signaling the dismantling.
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dave and christine. >> thank you. ahead, an nba player who parked legally was tased by police. now the milwaukee police chief apologizing after the body cam video shows the officers may have escalated the situation. ♪ in the spring of '68. the wake of war. >> i have seen the promise land. i want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promise land. >> martin luther king was shot and killed tonight. >> my parents generation. king was the dream. then he's gone. >> i'm announcing today my
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u.s. government employees in china on alert after the state department says it appears one employee suffered a mild traumatic brain injury. this appears similar to the incidents in cuba recently. top diplomats gettingcountries. we have cnn's matt rivers with more. >> reporter: the chinese conducted a preliminary investigation into the incident at the request of the americans. they have no leads or causes. an employee, u.s. government employee in southern china, with abnormal sounds of pressure. diagnosed with mild traumatic brain injury. secretary of state mike pompeo says that is similar, nearly identical, to two dozen diplomats and family members in
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cuba last year who experienced the same thing. state department doesn't know what happened in cuba. no conclusion yet. here in china, a country thousands of mielles away. one government employee with similar symptoms. there is a lot of concern in the state department. they don't have an idea what is going on yet. >> matt rivers live. thank you. in hawaii, a lava flow from kilauea volcano no longer posing a threat to the local geothermal power plant. the hardened lava creating a natural wall to block the flow from the facility. li look at the leilani estates video. the burning flames from the crack in the streets is methane gas. this has been ongoing for three weeks and no end in sight. >> we are not safe. we are not out of danger.
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this is not over. it is continuing. we just don't know when it will stop. >> the tourism authority declared hawaii open for business. insisting the dangers are localized and wider impacts on the islands are minimal. shocking road rage caught on camera in philadelphia. watch as the red pickup truck follows the silver suv in the parking lot. the man gets out with a sledgehammer and smashes the suv side window. >> the suv tries to leave the parking lot, but the passenger door opens and man falls out. the driver of the pickup truck strikes the man with the sledgehammer and breaks the rear window. the victim did not call police. wow. milwaukee police chief apologizing to nba's sterling brown after the parking violation escalating and brown
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tak tased by officers. the milwaukee bucks player became confrontational, but the chief says the officers were acting inappropriately following the investigation. >> take your hands out of your pockets now. >> i have stuff in my hands. >> taser. taser. taser. >> i recommend you watch all of the video. for the record, six police officers were there for a parking violation. milwaukee's mayor says the escalation of the situation is what is most disturbing. >> brown says he will sue the police department saying my experience was wrong and should not have happened to anybody. fierce backlash for the nfl
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requiring players to stand or stay in the locker room. some kneeling to protest police brutality. colin kaepernick and eric reid remain unemployed. their former employer is the only owner to abstain from the vote. here is the statement from roger go goodell. the club will be fined if the personnel on the field will not stand. that language was used four times. "the new york daily news" claiming this is unamerican. >> the nfl players association says this move contradicts with the statements previously. jets owner backing players and right to protest. saying if somebody on the jets takes a knee.
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that fine will be borne by the organization and by me, not the players. the trump administration pleased by the policy. vice president mike pence tweeting winning. he left the colts game last season after one player knelt. >> we know where the vice president gets his news. the capitals are heading to the stanley cups finals for the first time in 21 years after the 4-0 shutout of the lightning. they travel to vegas to play golden knights. the caps making it to the second stanley cup final ever. the first time in 1998 when they were swept by the red wings. celtics are one win away from reaching the nba finals. they beat lebron james and the cavs 96-83. boston undepefeated on home cou.
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celtics to win game six in cleveland on friday night. let's get a check on cnn money. asian stocks following after a threaten of tariffs for cars. the biggest loser mazda down 5%. commerce department will investigate if foreign cars hurt national security. a similar probe led to the steel and aluminum tariffs earlier it year. interest rates will rise grad l gradual gradually. comcast going public with the plan to crash disney's bid for fox. fox agreed to sell the entertainment company for $52 billion. comcast says it is preparing a higher all cash offer. comcast has not decided. it is waiting for another media deal. at&t and time warner. the government is suing to block that merger. sources say if the deal survives, comcast will go after
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he got rave reviews. did not like the model 3. all right. "early start" continues right now. >> we want transparency. even the democrats, i really believe, on this issue, it supersedes. i think they want transparency too. >> the president suddenly a fan of transparency. lawmakers from both parties will see classified russia intel today. and nfl players now have a choice. stay in the locker room, stand up or pay up. the new rule that has players angry. after the last week's deadly shooting in texas, nra held firm to the positions. we will talk to a donor who says the gun lobby is out of step with the gun owners. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm dave briggs. >> i'm christine romans. thursday, may 24th. 5:00 a.m. in the east. let's begin in

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